La Belle Bistro and Bakery
Enjoy a meal at any time of day at the Constantia or Camps Bay branch.
Looking for freshly baked goods and bistro style food? You’ll find both of these things at La Belle Bistro and Bakery, of which there are two locations in Cape Town – Camps Bay and Constantia (at the The Alphen Boutique Hotel).
The Camps Bay café is situated along the platinum mile; being elevated it offers amazing ocean views and allows for a peaceful place to enjoy a morning cuppa, along with a freshly baked croissant. The interior is comfy with light wood panelling, leather banquettes and a deli counter bursting with colourful treats and sweet goods. If you stay at The Marly boutique hotel, (also part of the Kove Collection group), this is where you’ll enjoy breakfast. It has sunny outdoor seating plus an enclosed frontage that keeps the warmth in on a cooler winter’s day.
The Constantia restaurant is located at The Alphen Boutique Hotel; it too has an outdoor seating that receives plenty of sunshine and overlooks the greens of the hotel. In winter, the indoor section is cosily warmed by a beautiful fireplace.
If you’re stopping in for breakfast choose from a Smoked Salmon Bagel, Crushed Avo on Toast or our favourite, The Grilled Cheese & Asparagus –poached eggs atop pain de mie toast (i.e. just the soft middle bit, no crusts) with cream cheese filling, asparagus and truffle aioli.
If you’re on the hunt for something healthier, enjoy their Amaranth and Almond Steel Cut Oats or the Power Seed Bircher, made with almond milk, vanilla yoghurt and berries. There’s also a selection of freshly baked pastries made by the team on site and headed up by chef Ludwig van Tonder and they are absolutely sublime.
The great thing about La Belle Bistro and Bakery is that it seamlessly moves from its breakfast offerings to serving lunch, and then on to dinner as well; being open from 07h00-23h00 (Constantia) and 08h00-23h00 (Camps Bay) both branches are all-day places to pop into.
Lunch consists of salads, sandwiches and lighter meals. Enjoy a Grilled Cheese sandwich – Emmenthal, Gruyere and Cheddar cheese with truffle caramelised shallots. The Crispy Chicken appetiser is also so yum! Deep-fried, golden and crunchy. If you prefer something lighter, the Grilled Halloumi & Kale salad is a good choice, baby spinach, toasted quinoa, a boiled egg and an avo and herb dressing.
Both bistro venues are also casually comfortable places to have dinner and the latest menu has lots of newly launched items. Crispy Skin Chicken (different to the appetiser) is just as the name says – juicy with a crispy skin and served with fries. The Mustard Crusted Sirloin is topped with a delicious garlic butter and is cooked to perfection. There really is something for everyone across a variety of dishes, with something that will suit every palate.
If you have a sweet tooth be sure to end your meal off with one of the sweet treats on offer, it’ll be hard to pick from the desserts or the baked good counter though.
On the menu are desserts such as Cheesecake Brûlée (gasp!) and Go Bananas, a sundae of caramelised bananas and vanilla bean ice cream. However, if your tummy is full but your eyes aren’t playing ball, we highly recommend taking something home for later – the baked goods are truly exceptional. Standouts (and there are many) are the Salted Caramel Tart, the Salted Caramel Shortbread Bar and the Lemon Meringue Pie. All too good to pass up!
La Belle Bistro and Bakery is one of those unique places that can be perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or even just for a good cup of coffee and a slice of cake. It ticks all the boxes on all fronts.
Both venues offer great surroundings and tasty food.